State budget impasse continues; no deal on two-year spending plan yet

MADISON -- The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee says there is no deal yet to complete work on the two-year state spending plan.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling said Tuesday that the Joint Finance Committee will not meet on Wednesday to finish the budget as hoped. Darling says the goal is to meet Thursday or Friday.

Darling says Republican legislative leaders are still struggling to come up with a plan to pay for roads and transportation projects. She also says there is not agreement yet on financing for a $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena or what changes to make to the state's prevailing wage law.

Myranda Tanck, spokeswoman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, says Monday's meeting was productive and lawmakers will continue to talk Tuesday.